#36alive 142: Sunday Night Insight | Overheard: Listen To Amadou & Mariam


If you’re self employed, don’t have an internet connection at your house, or have wound up promising yourself you’d get involved in writing a blog post every single day for a whole year (just us?) then you may know what it’s like to work on your laptop at a café of coffee shop.

There are pros and cons to this way or working and living; You’ll have to spend your hard-earned money on coffee, and if the owners aren’t particularly generous, you may have to buy a couple depending upon how long you’re sticking around for. The chairs aren’t always comfy, and if there are no plug sockets, your screen time is unquestionably limited. The benefits? You’ll be surrounded by other people, and studies show that having social relationships and being around others is very good for our health. 

jepenceYou might meet new people, discover new business opportunities, try new foods and drinks, and it’s always good to get out of the house….. One of the other underrated things about working from a coffee shop or café, is the music. Well, if the music is any good….

Lots of independent coffee shops will have their own music playlists, compared to chains who tend to get supplied with a specific playlist per season or month. The beauty of an independent coffee shop really does lie in the personal touch, and the ability for the owner and employees’ character to shine through. If you visit enough different independent coffee shops, you’re likely to hear an array of music you’ve never heard before, especially if you’re in a city. New musical discoveries can open not just our ears, but our minds and help keep our bodies healthy as well. Studies show that music can boost creativity, strengthen the immune system , and encourages relaxation if you happen to be enjoying it.

So, for tonight’s Sunday Night Insight, we’d like to share with you a song and a band – or technically a duo – I personally have never heard before. Considering their background, story and accomplishments, it’s no wonder their song may sound familiar! If you haven’t heard of them, you’re very likely to have heard them somewhere before. Have a listen to Je Pense A Toi by Amadou & Mariam, and the next time you hear a song you like in a café, restaurant, shop or bar, don’t be shy – ask what it is and it could lead you down a fascinating road of musical discovery! Thanks to the team at Cafe Coho on Queen’s Road in Brighton for this particular discovery!

Amadou & Mariam are a blind couple from Mali, who play as a duo. They’re Grammy Award nominated, and have been recording since the 1980s. In 2006, they collaborated with Herbert Gronemeyer to record the official anthem for the Fifa World Cup ‘Celebrate The Day’. In 2009 they played the main stage at Glastonbury, and even have a biography entitled Away From The Light Of Day published in the US.



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